Could the City of Benton Harbor vote in favor of more taxes tomorrow?
Back in May two millages were approved.
Now another tax for income is up for a vote.
City commissioners say the money will be used to improve streets, build the pension fund and lower water payments.
The income tax is one percent for residents and businesses in the city of Benton Harbor. Plus there's half a percent tax for non-residents working in the city.
The city is flooded with vote "no" or "yes" signs.
Proponents say the money will be used to ease the burden placed on people living in the city, paying the millage that passed in May.
The commissioner behind the vote, Trenton Bowens, says at least three thousand people work in Benton Harbor but don't live in the city and need to pay for the city’s services.
“Commissioner Bowens says, “It allows them to play a part. Everybody wants a better city, now they can contribute to see the city as they want to see it.”
However Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce believes it could be bad for a city trying to grow. The board chairman spoke out after polling about 700 chamber members.
“We polled both members inside the city and outside the city,” says Chairman David Krock. “For businesses inside the city, they felt employees might be enticed to seek businesses outside the city.”
Back in May six of the eight commissioners voted to place the tax on the ballot. The mayor of Benton Harbor has taken a stand against the tax.